Detained Journalist, Jones Abiri Regains Freedom After Two Years

Detained Nigerian journalist, Jones Abiri, has regained his freedom from the custody of the Department of State Services on Wednesday.

The development was confirmed by his lawyer, Samuel Ogala, who revealed that Abiri was released after satisfying the bail condition imposed by the court.

Abiri was detained by the State Security Service for two years without trial over allegations he was linked to armed militancy in the Niger Delta.

Despite local and international pressure, Nigerian officials including the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, claimed Abiri is not a journalist and tried to justify his illegal detention.

Abiri, publisher and editor-in-chief of Weekly Source Newspaper was eventually granted bail by an Abuja court after he was charged to court following public outcry.

The court last week reviewed his bail conditions which were eventually met on Wednesday evening.


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